50 Cent is veering away from the rap game with an unexpected second career.
Having already produced the Starz drama Power, Entertainment Weekly reports that the rapper just sold a script to the premium cable network, and it's a superhero thriller based in Chicago called Tomorrow, Today.
The show's premise was laid bare in a press release:
“A veteran from the south side of Chicago, after being falsely imprisoned, becomes the personal experiment of a mad prison doctor trying to create the perfect man – and an unstoppable killing machine. Set free, but on the run, the veteran must reconcile with the world that has turned against him, and use his newfound abilities for good.”
Apparently 50 Cent, a.k.a. Curtis Jackson, experienced the rejection so many writers face in Hollywood while penning Tomorrow, Today. According to Buzzfeed's Susan Cheng, the rapper-screenwriter told a crowd at the Teen Choice Awards on Monday that he had to redraft the screenplay three times before actually getting the chance to pitch it.
50 Cent says he wrote his screenplay for “Tomorrow, Today" three times before actually getting a chance to pitch it as a series #TCA16— Susan Cheng (@scheng_) August 1, 2016
He also said that becoming a writer has changed his reputation a bit:
"It’s exciting to see how people respond to the material bc they hadn’t seen me as a writer” —50 Cent on writing “Tomorrow, Today" #TCA16— Susan Cheng (@scheng_) August 1, 2016
According to EW, Starz is expanding its relationship with Jackson, allowing him to develop other projects for the network.
Next up, check out a closer look at 50's other Starz series, Power.